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Old 08-19-2020, 04:33 PM
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Default BMW E30 (e)valuation for a neighbor

Hello everyone, I'm not a BMW expert but my neighbor has a mother that is interested in selling her 1987 325es, it has 90k miles, looks really nice...but has an automatic. Not a shocker to have an ES with an auto I guess. Original owner and always maintained.

I have no idea what the value is, and neither does the neighbor. Any help for estimates would be appreciated. Check out the photos and let me know.
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Looks really nice! I’d be seriously interested but too many project cars. I always wanted one of these to convert, with a 2.5 head, into a 2.7 with real torque/power, and a 5-speed conversion. Check bat.com. In the past year, several have sold for between $8-10K w/out auto trans. Depends on maintenance records and level of rust.
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Hagerty Valuation tools, which does not ask about mileage lists:

#1 (Concours) - $21,000
#2 (Excellent) - $13,000
#3 (Good) - $9,200
#4 (Fair) - $3,100

with the caveat of -10% for Auto

IIRC, these were the "torquey" motors (170ish ft-lb?) but light on power (120ish?). Great for commuting.. not as much fun for enthusiasts
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I have had lot of E30's of all types. including an Eta with auto.
big plusses for this car based on the limited pictures are
-relatively low miles
-body looks to be in nice original shape
-interior looks surprisingly good, although i see a crack in the dash
-looks very stock. even the radio is original.
- it is an "S". which means it got all the options when new.
- original owner with i suspect all main records

minuses.
- its an eta. great for commuting, but low demand currently
- it has a slush box. very low demand. but...it is pretty easy to convert to 5spd.
- may still be R12 AC, if it works.

the plusses far outweight the negatives. i would put it at $8-10K.
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Old 08-20-2020, 03:03 PM
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That's a very nice original car. I've had 2 e30s, an '86 325e and an '87 325is and would LOVE to have the '87 back, but it's a race car now - Champcar or WRL, I think.

I'll echo Marshall's comments and add one more minus - it's a "diving board bumper" car ('88 and older, I belive), and they are little less desirable than the smaller euro bumpers than came in '89.
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There are a lot of those in Lemons racing, so they can go as cheap as $500. Condition matters a great deal and that one looks nice and having the original owner (and hopefully receipts) should drive it higher in the non restored valuation.
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Did this car sell? I know someone very interested in one.
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Old 11-21-2020, 05:04 PM
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Trying to get a hold of the seller, I’ll let you know when I do.
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